Importing simplified: Egypt

Egypt has one of the longest histories of any country, tracing its heritage back to the 6th–4th millennia BCE. 

It is one of the important economies located in Northern Africa and is considered a Mediterranean country. Egypt is strategically located to serve the middle east, other countries in the Mediterranean as well as the country itself. Egypt is bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba to the east, the Red Sea to the east and south, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. Egypt is divided into 27 governorates, with Cairo as the capital. The official language of Egypt is Arabic, and the currency is the Egyptian pound (EGP). Current population 104 million and Egypt's current GDP is 5.2%.

Eqypt has the unique infrastructure to ensure the quick and safe delivery of your orders to your customers in Egypt.  Knowing the import rules and regulations are important trade issues to balance the physical movement of the orders. 

Unique geographic position: Located at the crossroads of international trade between Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Egypt is positioning itself to become a major global logistics hub. Businesses are increasingly seeking to base themselves in Egypt as a springboard to Europe and booming regional markets.  

Rising domestic demand: A growing domestic demand for imports and a rapid rise in export-oriented businesses are creating strong demand for logistics and transportation services in a market that is far from saturated.  

Egypt boasts 108,000 kilometers of paved roads and 9570 kilometers of railways. Additionally, it has globally ranked airports in all major urban centers, including an air cargo airport of five terminals in Cairo, six seaports on the Mediterranean and nine on the Red Sea.

Egypt's main container ports:

  • Alexandria/Dekheila
  • Port Said East
  • Port Said West
  • Damietta
  • Sokhna Port

As always, should you have any questions regarding the stated practices/warnings or if you are in need of any assistance with the movement of goods in and out of Egypt, BDP International is here to help.